Sexuality and the Politics of Ethos in the Writing Classroom / Edition 3

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Overview

Applying the complexities of literacy development and personal ethos to the teaching of composition, Zan Meyer Goncalves challenges writing teachers to consider ethos as a series of identity performances shaped by the often-inequitable social contexts of their classrooms and communities. Using the rhetorical experiences of students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender, she proposes a new way of thinking about ethos that addresses the challenges of social justice, identity, and transfer issues in the classroom.

Goncalves offers an innovative approach to teaching identity performance theory bound by social contexts. She applies this new approach to theories of specificity and intersectionality, illustrating how teachers can help students redefine the relationship between their social identities and their writing. She also addresses bringing social activism and identity politics into the classroom, helping writers make transfers across rhetorical contexts and linking students' interests to public conversations.

Theoretical and practical, Sexuality and the Politics of Ethos in the Writing Classroom provides teachers of first-year and advanced composition studies with useful, detailed assignments based in specific identity performance. Goncalves offers techniques to subvert oppressive language practices, while encouraging students to recognize themselves as writers, citizens, and active participants in their own educations and communities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809326761
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Studies in Writing and Rhetoric Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Zan Meyer Goncalves, an assistant professor at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, New Hampshire, is the coauthor of The Original Text-Wrestling Book: The Writing Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst and has contributed essays to collected volumes such as Queer Composition(s) and Writing Social Action.

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Table of Contents

1 Performing identities/performing social change 1
2 Exploring what it means to speak a new ideology 27
3 Negotiating multiplicities : performing identities in context 56
4 Sponsoring identity negotiation in the writing classroom and beyond 86
5 Making allies in the community 131
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